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15 of the Best Places to celebrate the holidays and New year’s Eve in Miami

by Helena Jose

Need somewhere exciting to go for the holidays? Miami’s got the hottest holiday happenings for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s like a pro. From delectably crafted dinners, incredible, upscale entertainment, and thrilling festive atmospheres, these parties would be a shame to miss. With South Florida as their backdrop, each party brings an inimitable charm, sophistication, and jubilation bar none. Not to mention that each venue invites attendees to a night full of live and local music, diverse cuisine, and impressive holiday sights. Bring family, friends, partners, and spouses to these gorgeous venues for memorable festivities that take place all across Miami-Dade County and even in West Palm Beach. 

With so many options for the holiday, celebrating Christmas in Miami just became easy. 

LEKU

LEKU INTERIOR x Photo Credit LEKUWithin Miami’s Rubell Museum, come dine and celebrate Christmas Eve in Spain’s enchanting Côte Basque to make the holiday both magical and memorable. Featuring ingenious cuisine that complement its Basque roots, LEKU adheres to seasonal local ingredients and cooking methods based on longstanding techniques. Leku’s festive specials include: Guinea Asada, Salsa Citrica, Lenteja Beluga, Encurtidos de Cebolla y Manzana ($36) roasted guinea hen with citrus sauce, beluga lentils and pickled onion and apple; and Goxua Tradicional ($16), a typical Basque dessert cake with meringue and caramelized custard. 

Welcome the new year experiencing Leku’s a la carte menu or Chef Mikel’s Signature New Year’s Eve 4-Course Menu ($200.00++). The meal is available as part of their special dinner seatings at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an amuse-bouche of Arbol Vasco iced “olives,” Basque vermouth; followed by a first course featuring Ensaladilla Rusa con Kaluga Caviar, Basque potato salad, tuna, egg, house-cured salmon and Kaluga Caviar; the second course of Royal De Foie Gras, Foie Gras Royal, Pedro Ximenez reduction; followed by Bogavante Asado a la Lena, wood oven-roasted Maine lobster, fine herbs; and a final course option of Magret de Pato al Josper, duck breast cooked over coals, cabbage kimchi or Cochinillo Confitado, suckling pig confit, pan jus reduction, apple compote.  For dessert, indulge in a fine selection of Chef Mikel’s favorite desserts. Be sure to make reservations at Address: 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami 33127

Reservations:  https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/lekumiami   

LA MAR 

miami 2014 fine dining la mar terrace 04In Downtown Miami, guests may delight themselves with a Christmas Eve dining experience at LA MAR BY GASTON ACURIO. At La Mar, there is a traditional Peruvian-inspired holiday cuisine by Executive Chef Diego Oka. Guests may awaken their taste buds with a family-style fried turkey feast and a luxurious buffet featuring: Seafood rice, scallop, and pan con chicharron live stations. There will also be Anticucho grilled favorites such as Anticucho de corazón, Anticucho de pollo, and Anticucho shrimp. The good eats continue with quinoa salad, pasta salad, whole fish Nikkei, ají de gallina empanadas, potato and choclo, grilled corn, and asparagus. While enjoying beautiful Biscayne Bay and the stunning city skyline, patrons are also invited to sip on an array of cocktails. $165.00++ per person for guests that are 21 and over for a two-hour dinner experience with a selection of cocktails; $95.00++ per person for ages 7- 20.

La Mar also offers a fantastic venue to ring in 2022. On New Year’s Eve, there will be two seatings available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $190.00++ per person for 21 and over. This offer includes one bottle of prosecco per couple. There is also an offer for $145.00++ per person for ages 7- 20. From 9:30 p.m to midnight, the price increases to $420.00++ per person for 21 and over. This incredible offer includes one bottle of Taittinger per couple and a selection of cocktails. There is a second option for $685.00++ per person for 21 and over which includes a seafood display and one bottle of Moët Rosé per couple, front row seating by the rail, and a selection of cocktails. Finally, there is an offer for $190.00++ per person for ages 7-20.

Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Reservations:  https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/lamarmomia 

MAREVA 1939

Mareva 1939 x Steamed MusselsIn Miami Beach, Mareva 1939 will also kick off their holiday dining experience with a Christmas Eve Dinner. The experience features a family-style menu at $80.00++ per person. The menu’s highlights include Spanish Cheese Platter; Pan Con Tomate; Baby Kale, Valdeon Cheese, Pear, Marcona Almonds, Sherry Vinaigrette; Spanish Octopus, Potato Cream, Smoked Paprika, Arbequina Olive Oil; Patatas Bravas; and Honey-Spiced Duck Breast.

Return to Mareva 1939 the following day for the Christmas Day Brunch. The brunch contains an a la carte menu served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This menu boasts tasty tapas and other delicious breakfast items such as huevos rotos and 3 eggs omelet, Artichoke & Mushroom Paella, Braised Short Ribs, and Rib Eye with Sangria Pitchers and Unlimited Mimosa, Chismosa and Bloody Mary options. Make reservations on OpenTable to secure a spot before they fill up.

On New Year’s Eve, Mareva 1939 is throwing a festive dinner party with a prix fixe menu at $185.00 per person including a Moët & Chandon® Champagne Toast. There will be two seatings: the first is from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the second is from 11:00 p.m. to close. Check out Mareva 1939’s menus: HERE. Guests who dine for New Year’s Eve will have access to the pool area for an after-hours party. Make reservations by calling the restaurant at 305-532-2311 or by emailing dmbarrero@nationalhotel.com.

MILA RESTAURANT

Jeju island Hirame dill Mustard seed Fig vinegar Caviar3 1In South Beach, MILA Restaurant is offering a remarkable dish that represents their “MediterrAsian” concept. They will serve “Hirame” which is the Japanese term for Summer Flounder. Mila imports hirame from the volcanic South Korean island of Jeju. Chefs flavor the dish with dill, mustard seed, and fig vinegar for a perfect balance of flavor, freshness, and finesse. Topped with fish eggs and bright edible flowers, The Hirame is as physically stunning as it is scrumptious. 

To ring in the new year, MILA, located in the heart of South Beach, is offering a two-hour dining experience “izakaya” style. This means that the dishes are meant to be shared amongst the table. In their unique and tantalizing cuisine, the MILA team introduces the bold signature flavors of the Mediterranean and Japanese culture, including premium wagyu, black rock lava grilled prime filet, beef short rib ‘kalbi’, foie gras and uni diver scallops, shawarma spiced wagyu gyoza, MediterrAsian makis and more. Their New Year’s Eve first seating between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will be offered at $250.00 indoors for a prix fixe menu and $300.00 outdoors. For those eager to countdown to 2022 at MILA, a second seating will be available from 9:00 p.m. through the end of the night for $450.00 inside and the addition of a $350.00 beverage minimum outside.

ESTIATORIO ORNOS

ORNOSMIA 7In Aventura, the Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant brings Greece to Sunny South Florida. This Christmas Eve, the award-winning MINA Group will offer a spectacular five-course menu for $89.00++ per person. Ornos will not only transport guests to the Mediterranean, but also the wonderful restaurant staff creates a genuine, hospitable environment that makes guests feel welcomed and comfortable. It is recommended that guests begin their Ornos dining experience with the iconic Ornos tasting of spreads. The spreads include tzatziki, taramasalata, tirokafteri, melitzanosalata, and hummus, followed by a choice of seafood or pumpkin soup. The next course will include an option of salads followed by the main of filet mignon kebab, black bass, or classic roasted leg of lamb. Lastly, guests may treat themselves to a Walnut Baklava or Crema Sokolata.  For special events this holiday season, guests may also book Ornos’ private dining room with a pre-fixe menu at $60.00++ per person. This private dining opportunity seats up to 35 guests. Want Ornos all to yourself? Catering is available for any at-home or venue parties as well. To book at any time, interested parties should fill out an event request.

TUR KITCHEN

TUR KITCHEN INTERIORS6In Coral Gables, Tur Kitchen invites guests to enjoy dinner with the entire family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On both days, guests will be able to get their hands on Tur’s new Winter menu and featured specials from 6 p.m.-11: 00 p.m. In addition to a la carte items, Chef Christian Chirino will be offering a seven-course tasting menu for $145.00++ per person. Guests may spice up their experience by taking advantage of the option to add on a Sommelier Wine Pairing ($95). Check out the full menu: https://www.turkitchen.com/dinner.

For New Year’s Eve at Tur Kitchen, guests may select from two seating options: 6:00 p.m. ($125.00++ per person) and 9:00 p.m. which includes a complimentary glass of Champagne for $175.00++ per person. For those looking to add some style to their meal, the four-course prix fixe menu features optional upgrades like caviar and libations pairings. Menu highlights include dishes like Bluefin tuna tartare; Lobster with roasted heirloom tomato and vanilla, shaved lime, fennel, and green olive jus; Duck magret, fig balsamic, asparagus, carrots, and pistacho; Filet mignon, Butternut squash pure, Black truffle, purple potato and purple kohlrabi; and Blackberry tart with fior di latte, orange blossom, and basil. For additional information, contact Tur at 786-483-8014. 

FIOLA

fiola miami 0482Hungry for more options in Coral Gables? Fiola Miami is also available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Fiola Miami is Fabio Trabocchi’s first restaurant venture outside of Washington D.C. It also marks Michelin-starred Fiola’s second location. 

On Christmas Eve, there will be a special Feast of the Seven Fishes in honor of an Italian-inspired holiday dinner with five courses plus dessert. This dining experience is $165.00++ per person. Check out the full menu: https://www.fiolamiami.com/christmas-eve-dinner and note that there are also Vegetarian options available. 

On Christmas Day,  there will be an a la carte menu available plus specials. The menu includes DELMONICO STEAK WELLINGTON with Foie gras, black trumpet mushrooms, and Prosciutto San Daniele; PEPPERCORN CRUSTED WAGYU TOMAHAWK with Porcini-Armagnac Sauce and Horseradish Crema; CORNISH HEN with Fregola Alla Trapanese, Charred Tomatoes, Kumquats, and Almonds; and BRUSSELS SPROUTS with Pancetta, Maple Syrup, and Chestnuts.

For New Year’s Eve at Fiola, two seatings will be available. The seatings include five courses plus dessert. First Seating: $175.00++ per person; Second Seating: $275.00++ per person and includes an optional Caviar upgrade available for $125.00++ per person Check out the menu and https://www.fiolamiami.com/new-years-eve not that there is a Vegetarian menu available. For additional questions, contact Fiola at 305-912-2639. Make reservations on  OpenTable.

MR CHOW

MR CHOW MiamiMr. Chow in Miami Beach is ready to pull out all the stops.  This upscale, elegant restaurant boasts authentic Beijing fare and has put together an exclusive three-course menu to celebrate 2022’s Year of the Tiger. At MR CHOW, enjoy fine delicacies like Chicken Satay, Duck Mignon, Live Lobster, and Pork Zebra Dumplings. Live DJ, balloons, and other novelties are also set to create a sense of revelry and establish a celebratory atmosphere for the new year to come. Priced at $225.00 and $400.00 per guest for the first and second seating, respectively, a complimentary bottle of wine comes with each dinner. With the perfect combination of art, fashion, music, and cuisine, it is clear why all kinds of guests flock to MR CHOW for the cuisine and ambiance that always delivers.

LOS FELIX AND KRUS KITCHEN

210730 KRUS 1420In Coconut Grove, spend New Year’s Eve at Los Felix and Krüs Kitchen. Coconut Grove’s newest and hottest sister eateries Los Felix and Krüs Kitchen feature a special prix fixe menu crafted from co-founder Chef Sebastián Vargas. Prices start at $175.00 per person. The event will have live music until 1:00 a.m., and a specialty natural wine pairing list – for an additional cost – to toast to the new year. For reservations and more information, click here.  

BUYA IZAKAYA + YAKITORI

2020.11.14.FoodShootsdan.BUYA .foodsaturnight.WR 50Created from a partnership by Buya Ramen and KYU original creators, Lewis and Haigh; Buya Izakaya + Yakitori is a casual Japanese eatery that has been open since the Fall of 2020. The Wynwood venue is serving up something particularly special for New Year’s Eve. Guests are invited to dine and enjoy shareable dishes like the famous Tempura Beech Mushroom. Guests may also immerse themselves in Buya’s boozy, social atmosphere adorned with trinkets and a hand-painted graffiti mural while taking advantage of the pre-NYE party menu. With sake and cocktail ninjas available, Buya is the perfect spot to inspire a fun night of bar hopping and celebration. 

HOTEL AKA BRICKELL

Hotel AKA Brickell Exterior EDITED 2021Last but certainly not least, Hotel AKA Brickell is welcoming guests for nightly or week-long stays at the all-glass tower overlooking Miami’s financial district. Formerly known as the Conrad Hotel, this urban retreat will offer locals and hotel guests a New Year’s Eve activation including an open bar package and live music with a DJ.  The activation also features a special dinner menu and package by the exquisite Nativo Kitchen + Bar, including a bottle of champagne or wine. The year-end celebration will be held at the property’s private event space with mesmerizing water views that will showcase the spectacular fireworks at midnight. For bookings and more information, check out https://www.stayaka.com/hotel-aka-brickell.   

COTE MIAMI

New Years Eve x Photo Credit Gary HeGet lit this New Year’s Eve with COTE Miami!  Experience the enhanced New Year Special menu including the Trio of Treasures from the Sea with Bluefin tuna, caviar tartare, ice-chilled oysters, Argentinian prawns.  Plus stay and enjoy an exclusive afterparty with DJ entertainment as part of the second dinner seating from 11 p.m.- 1 a.m. ($295 per person ++). Order from the bar or snag an open bar bracelet (additional $200 pp) ensuring partygoers receive free flowing champagne and house spirits during the afterparty hours.  For those interested in simply attending the afterparty from 11 a.m.-1 am., open bar bracelets will also be available for purchase. 

Alternatively, experience the first dinner seating from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. including the New Year Special ($225 pp ++) a celebratory feast featuring Gogi Cha “Butcher’s Tea” – consomme from American wagyu brisket; “Steak & Eggs,” hand cut filet mignon tartare, Golden Ossetra caviar, milk toast; Butcher’s Celebration including filet, dry-aged ribeye, American Wagyu sirloin, American Wagyu cote, A5 Wagyu ribeye, grand cru galbi; Longevity Noodle with pocket of good luck; and Soft Serve with soy sauce caramel. Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, 33137 Phone: 305-434-4668

REDFISH BY CHEF ADRIANNE

REDFISH EXTERIOR AERIALToast the New Year at this exclusive event and indulge along the waterfront with champagne, dinner, and an unforgettable evening. The prix fixe menu ($225 per person ++) includes: Two (2) Champagne Glasses Per Person; First Course: Asparagus Bisque, Grated Parmesan, White Truffle Oil; Second Course: 

Salmon Tartare Wonton Tacos, Avocado, Mango, Cilantro Aioli; Third Course: Surf and Turf-Prime Hanger with Grilled Colossal Shrimp Carrot Purée Scampi Butter, Sauce Bordelaise; and Fourth Course:

Chocolate Mousse Cake or White Chocolate Tres Leches Bread Pudding.

Link to reservations: https://www.sevenrooms.com/events/redfishbychefadrianne

Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156

CASA MARIANO

Casa Mariano INTERIOR PHOTO CREDIT MICHAEL PISARRI5Chef Mariano Araya is celebrating his first New Year’s Eve in his new Doral concept with a prix fixe menu ($140 person ++) menu replete with his signature dishes. Appetizers: Conchitas Parmesana Crispy Guanciale Fresh Chives; Beet Tartare Port Marinated Cranberries, Straciatella and  Truffle Pesto; and Lamb Baklava with Honey-Orange Glazed Toasted Pistachios. Main Course: Lobster Ravioli in a Bisque Sauce with Radish and Parmesan; Seabass with Fennel Pollen, Roasted Cauliflower Puree, Sauteed Kale, and Chanterelles; 8-oz Center Cut Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Terrine and  Tarragon Smoked Butter. Desserts: Strawberry Pavlova with Port Sabayon or Chocolate Tart with Manjari Ganache, Tropical Fruit Brunoise, and Gianduja. Also included are a choice of unlimited pours of Cava, or house red or white wine. Two seatings will be available at 7PM and 9:30PM. Address: 8200 NW 27th St, Suite 106, Doral, FL 33128 Telephone: 305-392-0507

TIPSY FLAMINGO

tipsyNYERing in 2022 at Miami’s coolest new downtown bar. Tipsy Flamingo in downtown is offering a super affordable option with a guaranteed great time: General Admission tickets are $20 and include 2 complimentary drinks, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight for everyone. 

Additional drink packages include:

  • $50 4 Hour Open Bar (+ $10 service charge)
  • $75 4 Hour Premium Open Bar (+$15 service charge)
  • Table and Bottle Packages (details coming soon!)

Doors open at 5 PM but the party begins at 8 PM. Early arrival is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Ticket info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tipsy-22-new-years-eve-party-at-tipsy-flamingo-tickets-222151339637

 

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